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medicaid expansionNewsletter ~ April 28, 2018

The Special Session of the General Assembly produced yet another House of Delegate’s budget that includes medicaid expansion, which gives health care to nearly 400,000 Virginians who currently do not currently qualify. I was proud to once again vote for the House Budget, as it not only expands medicaid, but it also includes major investments in education at all levels, new initiatives for job creation and economic opportunity, and enhanced funding for mental health and the social safety net. The House budget also includes pay raises for teachers and other state employees. (Please see below the vote from the Special Session, and a picture of Senator Jennifer McClellan, Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, and Delegate Lee Carter, and me during the reconvene session.) The Senate will be meeting on Monday, May 14th. I am hopeful that the Senate will ultimately decide to pass a budget that also includes medicaid expansion.


It was an honor to be a part of the round table discussion about veterans and military families held at Tidewater Community College by Senator Tim Kaine. Growing up in a military family, I know first hand the challenges they face. It’s great to hear the work that Senator Kaine is doing in the Senate, as he works on the Military Spouse and Employment Act.
tcc discussion with tim kaine

In the General Assembly, I proudly supported HB2, which requires the Board of Education to provide for teacher licensure by reciprocity for any spouse of an active duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States or the Commonwealth. The bill passed both Houses and was signed by the Governor. It will go into effect July 1, 2018.


governors-school-galaSenator Lynwood Lewis and I were very happy to attend the 30th Anniversary Governor’s School of the Arts Gala. In order to commemorate the fine work of the GSA, we presented HJ 446, a joint resolution we both sponsored in the House and Senate.


Attending Civic League meetings is just one way in which I continue to stay in contact with my constituents. I was asked to present an overview of this year’s General Assembly session by the Fairfield Civic League. I look forward to attending other Civic League meetings in my district in the coming months.

civic-league-meeting


It is an honor to be here with Congressman Bobby Scott to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Eagle Broadcasting Corporation and to help them support Samaritan House.

samaritan-house


I met with some of the members of the Princess Anne High School Students Demand Action Club on Tuesday, April 24th at Just Cupcakes in Town Center. The students shared their concerns about safety and gun violence, and what their goals were as a group. They had many questions about proposing laws and how the General Assembly worked. I was happy to answer their questions, and look forward to meeting with them again and assisting them in their endeavors.
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As your Delegate, I will keep you informed about developments that concern the budget and other issues facing District 85 and our Commonwealth. I am also available to assist you with any problems, challenges, or difficulties you may be having with state government. If you have an issue, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me by email or call me at (757) 965-9763.

Yours in service,

Cheryl B. Turpin
Serving Virginia’s Eighty-fifth House District

Vote Cheryl Turpin for 85th District

My Commitment to You

As your Delegate, I will keep you informed about developments that concern the budget and other issues facing District 85 and our Commonwealth. I am also available to assist you with any problems, challenges, or difficulties you may be having with state government. Contact me by email now or call (757) 965-9763.

I will be posting newsletters periodically on this website, so check back soon for more. Here are a few:


Governor Northam Signs Budget to Expand Medicaid
June 7, 2018


Reconvene and Special Session
April 27, 2018


General Assembly at Crossover
February 19, 2018


I believe in quality education, protecting our environment, human rights for everyone and economic opportunities for the great people in Virginia.

~ Delegate Cheryl Turpin